Yacoubian: Linkages between Special UN Tribunal, Lebanon, and Syria

Mona Yacoubian interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Mona Yacoubian, a former intelligence analyst for the State Department, says the special UN tribunal to investigate the assassination in 2005 of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is linked to the politics of Lebanon and Syria, with the Syrians trying to sow enough chaos to prevent the tribunal from ever getting underway.

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Analysis Brief

Brinksmanship in Lebanon

The assassination of Pierre Gemayel, a prominent anti-Syrian cabinet minister, further destabilizes a shaky political balance in Lebanon. The nation is left teetering at the edge of a crisis, the effects of which could ripple across the region.

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Analysis Brief

Somalia Exporting Discord?

A new UN report details a complex and troubling exchange that allegedly provided weapons to Somalia’s Islamist power brokers in exchange for dispatching Islamist commandos to Hezbollah and opening Somali uranium mines to Iran.

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Analysis Brief

Beirut’s Power Brokers

Lebanon’s political leaders are meeting this week to discuss a greater role for Hezbollah and other political groups in the nation’s government. But as is often the case with Lebanon, national politics have regional implications.

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